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The Care Act 2014 recognises self-neglect as a type of abuse. Self-neglect refers to a range of behaviours, including neglecting to care for one’s health, personal hygiene or surroundings.

Self-neglect and hoarding are linked.  Many people who hoard don’t see it as a problem, but it causes loneliness, mental health problems and poses a health and safety risk.  It places their lives and the lives of those that have contact with them at risk.

This workshop will give practitioners an insight into why people self-neglect and the challenges they face in this area of work and in trying to achieve a positive outcome. We will explore how making safeguarding personal can be used to offer the individual the best possible range of interventions and support.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To identify the signs and symptoms of self-neglect
  • To explore the issues of mental capacity and why people self-neglect
  • To explore the benefits of multi-agency approach via the safeguarding process
  • To explore hoarding and available responses to reduce it and manage the risks it creates

Target Audience

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Practitioners

Practitioners who work with people who self-neglect

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